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Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop

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Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop

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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Travel back through time on a 3-hour history tour of Budapest by foot. As you walk, your guide will narrate the country’s rich history, from the 1956 Revolution to the fall of the Iron Curtain and everything in between. Take in stories of World War I and II as you pass the Parliament Building and visit a private exhibition hall to witness cultural relics along with communist propaganda. This small group walking tour is limited to 15 people to ensure a personalized experience with your guide.
  • Recent history that put Hungary on the political map: 1956 Revolution, WWI-II, 19th century overview
  • Visit our own unique exhibition of how life was back then (display of furniture, artifacts, readers, relics)
  • 1956 Speeches, Protests, Marches and Soviet invasion areas
  • Life and culture and how we lived under big brother
  • Prelude to freedom with fall of the Iron Curtain
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English speaking guide
Cafe stop with snack
Entry fees to sights and museums
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2:30 PM

Please arrive 10 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Your guide will wait for you at the reception or in case of private location, in front of the building. Pick up location has to be reported latest 72 hours due to tour time.
Your 3-hour walking tour will begin at the Hungarian Opera House in central Budapest. Your guide will initiate your trip back through time by discussing Hungary’s role in World War I and II, as well as the 1956 Revolution against the communist government and its Soviet policies.

The Revolution of 1956 continues to be honored every year on October 23, marking the culmination of the Hungarian quest for freedom.  Your guide will take you through significant landmarks where protests, speeches and marches took place. A stop at Liberty Square will offer a glimpse at the city’s final tribute to the Soviet Union.

Additionally, you’ll hear stories about life behind the Iron Curtain – how families lived, the great difficulties of travel and many other interesting facts and anecdotes, from black markets to banana lines.

You’ll also have the opportunity to travel to a private exhibition hall to study cultural artifacts and communist propaganda, such as red and blue passports, party member registration books, currency, medals and more.

Your guide will then take you to the impressive structure of the Parliament building, where the first shots of the 1956 Revolution were fired. You’ll learn about the important Hungarian figure Imre Nagy, a communist best known for defying the Soviet leaders in Moscow and executed for treason as a result.

As your tour concludes in central Budapest, you’ll have a clearer sense of the last century of history that has shaped both the capital city and its country today.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Absolute Tours
Meeting point of the tour, introduction to Hungary's history. Relics, maps, old passports..etc are displayed
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Szabadsag Ter
Visit to the Soviet Memorial and guests will learn about 1956 Revolution and WWII
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hungarian Parliament Building
At the Parliament the guests will learn what had happened on the site during the 1956 revolution against the Soviet regime
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours
  • Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended under age 12
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Absolute Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour with Cafe Stop.

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star-5
AMAZING LOCAL GUIDE!
Sydney_L
, Nov 2019
We absolutely loved our walking tour!! The value of what we paid for what we learned and saw was amazing. She asked us what we knew and what we were looking for and she catered the tour around us. The basement of the tour studio was incredible. We loved the stop for coffee and snacks, awesome sight to see. She was also VERY funny and brought life to everything we saw 10/10 would recommend for everyone that visits!!!!
star-5
Educational experience while in Budapest.
tjAugusta
, Oct 2019
Learned a great deal about the history and the experience the people had during WWII and after. How life changed for the people and country. Our tour guide, Balint Alkonri, did an excellent job. Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent Tour
L N
, Oct 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and it was an afternoon well spent. Our guide was very passionate about his subject matter and had very in-depth knowledge. The late lunch provided was delicious and we had it at this very interesting venue. This is not a cheap tour but we thought it was worth it.
star-5
WOW !
Guy C
, Jul 2019
Way more than we expected. Rebeca did an awesome job by first starting in the basement and giving real life experiences that gave this tour a informative foundation on which to start moving about the city. The walking part of the tour was well paced and Rebecca's passionate explanation about life during occupation, the 56 revolution, and the eventual Soviet exit was so engaging. She answered questions without hesitation which indicated to us that she knew her subject inside and out. My wife, brother and I; thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it.... and if you're lucky enough to get Rebecca as your guide.... you've landed one of the best.
star-5
We learned a lot on this tour and...
Alyssa_Y
, Jul 2018
We learned a lot on this tour and felt that our tour guide was both extremely knowledgeable and focused on what we wanted to get out of the tour the most. Thank you for offering such an informative tour.
star-5
Put This On Your Must Do List
lasievers47
, Jul 2018
This tour was really informative and provided a rich back ground on the rich and interesting history of not just Budapest but Hungry as well. Tour starts with some quick historical background, what life was like under Communism using their extensive library of materials. The walking portion brings to the locations of the momentous events, and has some surprises. Great use of your time - brings relevance to the rest of your stay
star-5
Our guide, Bogata, was super. She...
Marve S
, Apr 2018
Our guide, Bogata, was super. She was very personable and extremely knowledgeable. She really cared that we had a great tour. Would highly recommend the tour and Bogata.
star-5
This was great tour. We were the...
Microjenn
, Jan 2018
This was great tour. We were the only two on our tour which was great as we could ask questions and really have an informative discussion on the topic. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to learn a bit about the modern history of Hungary.
star-5
Saw Liberty Square, the Parliament...
Ann P
, Sep 2017
Saw Liberty Square, the Parliament Buildings all three competition winners and the underground 1956 memorial museum. Also had a tram ride. Bogada gave a very informative view of Hungarian history from WWI and the implications today . There were just the two of us, and the tour ran 3 hours. I would highly recommend it.
star-3
It was Only me. I think he did his...
TJ
, Aug 2017
It was Only me. I think he did his best, even spent more time with me. I feel bad I forgot to tip him.We didn't walk outside much, mostly in the tour agent office. I don't really recommend this tour, because you can find a free communism walking tour, and you will learn much more than in this one!

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